Democratic Rep. Mondaire Jones, a newly elected lawmaker from the New York City suburbs, is launching a political action committee, his campaign on Tuesday announced.
Jones's new PAC, called the Policy is Personal PAC, will contribute campaigns to progressive candidates around the country. The PAC has already contributed to Louisiana state Sen. Karen Carter Peterson and Ohio state Sen. Nina Turner, two Democrats running in special elections for vacant House seats.
Jones, a former official in the Obama administration's Department of Justice and, along with Rep. Ritchie Torres, the first openly gay Black man to serve in the House of Representatives, vowed to use the PAC to counteract the influence of deep pocketed donors.
"For too long, our elected representatives have not looked like us, loved like us, sounded like us, or fought for us, because they don’t live like everyday Americans," Jones said. "We get better policy outcomes when we elect more people for whom policy is personal. That’s why we’ve launched Policy is Personal PAC, to elect more people who know what it’s like to struggle, and who refuse to seek support from big corporations. No one better embodies these values than Karen Carter Peterson and Nina Turner, and I’m proud to include both in our first round of endorsements."